Series: Slow Burn #4
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Eliza Cummings loves her job with Devereaux Security Services (DSS) and the men she works with and, lately, she has even come to love the women some of those men have married. But Eliza has been hiding a big secret that made her the woman that she is. An unexpected phone call tells Eliza that her time with this secret is now over and, to keep those she loves safe, Eliza will have to say goodbye to all she knows and take actions that will either get her killed or jailed for life.
Wade Sterling is a man who knows all about secrets and walking the line. While some of Wade’s business is above the board and very public, there is also certain areas that Wade keeps in the dark and very secret. Just lately, Wade has had dealings with DSS and, while he generally likes all of those he has met, there is one agent who lives to drive him up the wall. Wade knows what is causing the friction, but for now he hasn’t had a way to get Eliza to be in the same room with him long enough for them to clear the air and admit to the real reason.
Eliza hates lying to her bosses, partner, and co-workers, but she does so willingly to keep them safe and to get her away on her mission before they can figure out something is seriously wrong. What she doesn’t know is that she hasn’t been as convincing as she believes, and now Wade is on her tail. It’s only days until Eliza will be face-to-face with part of her past that destroyed so many and will need to enact her plans. The last thing she expects is to find herself kidnapped by Wade and taken to a stronghold. Wade is determined to find out just what is going on and whatever it is, is all but killing Eliza by the looks of her. When Eliza finally breaks down and tells all, Wade is just as determined to keep her safe and will pull out any stops needed to do so—including pulling in the DSS team. Eliza has tried to tell everyone about the monster about to be freed, and even with them all saying they understand, she knows that they don’t understand the full extent of it. Just as the plans are put into action, Eliza realizes from another phone call that they have all underestimated the acts of a madman, and she has to put it on the line to save an innocent. The question is, will Wade and the DSS team learn about what has happened before it’s too late to save Eliza?
A woman with a dark secret in her past ends up teaming up with a man well accustomed to working with the dark and the secret. Eliza and Wade have to come to terms with not only the threat to Eliza, but also their attraction and the passion that arises from it in With Every Breath. I have wondered about Eliza’s background since the series started and what I discovered as I read had me even more impressed with the woman she is. I knew that something was up with Wade from the moment he first appeared, because he had shadows all over him, and I loved how easily he promised to put it all aside for Eliza’s love. Being the strong man that he is, I have no doubt that he will take care of the darkness around him so nothing affects Eliza and their life together.
I absolutely loved how fast the DSS team came once they understood what was wrong with Eliza and how they fought to keep her safe from the nightmare come true that threatened her. I found the suspense kept me flipping the pages to see what would happen next, and the passion between Eliza and Wade was hot enough for steam to rise off the pages when let free. There are many types of love, and I believe that most of them are seen in Eliza and Wade’s journey from friend-enemies to lovers in With Every Breath. There was little question in my mind as I closed the last page that I would be Joyfully Recommending Wade and Eliza’s story. While I would recommend you read the series in order, I believe that you could easily read this book out of order.